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Mountain Equipment Co-op

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Address: 130 Broadway W, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1P3, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 604-872-7858
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 19:00
Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat 09:00 - 18:00

This equipment and apparel store carries everything needed for the outdoor...

This equipment and apparel store carries everything needed for the outdoor enthusiast.

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MEC could be so much more

It's hard not to compare it with REI, its closest US counterpart. At REI (particularly at the Seattle flagship store), you can choose from a huge selection of gear, plus an... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2014
The Road
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British Columbia
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

MEC is a shadow of its former self. If you want unhelpful staff acting like they're doing you a favour and enjoy products that don't match their advertising, then knock yourself out.

Thank cwithy
Summerland, Canada
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This is the best place to purchase your outdoor adventurer gear. The staff are professional and full of knowledge with personal experiences. The product is worth spending the money on for your personal comfort and safety. I would recommend this store to anyone. My shopping experiences have all been at the Kelowna store. Enjoy your adventures! 😀

Thank Andreas M
North Vancouver
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54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

6 months ago I drove over to MEC to purchase a very popular pull on boot (in a very common size)..sold out. Two weeks ago needed to purchase a fairly high end common item, got wise now...checked on the website and they had one left so off I go on a drive. Got to the store and was told none... More 

Thank D G
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Wasted 30 minutes feeling totally invisible in a fruitless attempt to acquire a water bottle before walking out in disgust. Store entry was first issue - not easy to locate. Help from staff non existent. Had one fellow next to where I was standing waiting my turn patiently while he discussed a product with another customer at great length. He... More 

Thank Margaret K
Taplow Buckinghamshire
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132 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

A bit like Cabelas for real people. There's no guns (I kinda like guns 😕). There's no fishin' stuff (I LOVE fishin' 😕😕) but there's pretty much everything else. It's Canada's wonderland, winter and summer. Kayaks, canoes, pedal bikes of EVERY description, EVERYTHING and more you could ever want to go backcountry. Climbing stuff, hiking stuff, maps, tucker for the... More 

1 Thank 5cottie
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37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Expertise - if you need specialized equipment for various disciplines : biking, hiking, camping, running, etc., Excellence - if you need high quality product. Guaranteed? MEC is the shopping venue for you. The store is well laid out, by discipline; each department is staffed with a number of knowledgeable and helpful sales associates; the quality of product is top brand... More 

Thank Shirley S
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88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2015

Cannot find the Victoria store listed. It's a great place to find awesome gear and friendly staff. We have been members of MEC for decades. I love that they stand behind their products. Latest visit was to look at wallets and gear for a trip overseas. They have a great selection of some excellent products. So glad we have them... More 

Thank Shelagh944
1 review
Reviewed 8 January 2015 via mobile

Quite a big store with a ok selection of gear and clothes. But nothing more than that really. And that makes it a "2" instead of "1". The guys working there was unfortunately not so service minded or even specially friendly. The whole experience from testing to buying was bad. I was really close to just leave and not buying... More 

Thank zelmander
The Road
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413 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2014

It's hard not to compare it with REI, its closest US counterpart. At REI (particularly at the Seattle flagship store), you can choose from a huge selection of gear, plus an entire floor devoted just to clothing. You can even get something to eat or drink, or try out climbing gear on the indoor climbing wall. MEC is the downsized,... More 

1 Thank WandererOnTheRoad
Vancouver, Canada
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2014

MEC used to be awesome. Not so much anymore if you are size 12 or 14. Very little stock in store. Seems everything is always 'sold out'. However you can get it online so that doesn't make sense. Technical equipment, packs and, if they have your size, shoes/boots are always good at MEC however.

1 Thank pinkduckYVR

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